Myths to Live By

Myths to Live By

Foreword by: Johnson E. Fairchild

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140194616
  • 288 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


What is a properly functioning mythology and what are its functions? Can we use myths to help relieve our modern anxiety, or do they help foster it? In Myths to Live by, Joseph Campbell explores the enduring power of the universal myths that influence our lives daily and examines the myth-making process from the primitive past to the immediate present, retuning always to the source from which all mythology springs: the creative imagination.

Campbell stresses that the borders dividing the Earth have been shattered; that myths and religions have always followed the certain basic archetypes and are no longer exclusive to a single people, region, or religion. He shows how we must recognize their common denominators and allow this knowledge to be of use in fulfilling human potential everywhere.

Myths to Live By

Myths to Live By

Joseph Campbell, Foreword by: Johnson E. Fairchild

Table of Contents

I. The Impact of Science on Myth
II. The Emergence of Mankind
III. The Importance of Rites
IV. The Separation of East and West
V. The Confrontation of East and West in Religion
VI. The Inspiration of Oriental Art
VII. Zen
VIII. The Mythology of Love
IX. Mythologies of War and Peace
X. Schizophrenia – the Inward Journey
XI. The Moon Walk – the Outward Journey
XII. Envoy: No More Horizons

Reference Notes

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